The first homicide occurred in Tensas Parish and is a joint investigation between Louisiana State Police and the Tensas Parish Sheriff’s Office. Twenty-two (22) year old Colby Joe Fortenberry of Winnsboro, Louisiana, was discovered murdered in the “Hwy 4 Bar” in Newellton where he was employed as a bartender. There is no suspect information at this time. Anyone having information regarding this murder is asked to contact the Tensas Parish Sheriff’s Office at (318) 766-3961.
The second homicide occurred in East Carroll Parish and is a joint investigation between Louisiana State Police and the East Carroll Parish Sheriff's Office. At approximately 3:30 pm yesterday, 40 year old Tallulah resident William D. Kirk Jr. was murdered at a Sondheimer residence. Tanya Kirk (36 years old of Newellton) and William Kirk Jr. were married, but physically separated. Yesterday, Tanya Kirk and her boyfriend, Robert W. Russell (26 years old of Newellton), traveled to a Henderson Loop Road residence in Sondheimer where they had conspired to murder the unsuspecting William Kirk Jr. The murder occurred in the back yard of the residence. William Kirk Jr. was pronounced dead at the scene. Both Tanya Kirk and Robert Russell were each arrested on one count of 2nd Degree Murder and booked into Riverbend Detention Center. The investigation is on-going.
UPDATE (4:00 pm) Following a citizen’s report of the possible sighting of Joshua Temple around 8:00 am this morning in the area of Coax Church Road near LA Hwy 425, just north of Winnboro, Louisiana State Police (including the Air Support Unit), Franklin Parish Sheriff’s Office, Tensas Parish Sheriff’s Office, Richland Parish Sheriff’s Office and the LA Department of Wildlife & Fisheries initiated a new ground search. At approximately 1:30 pm, Franklin Parish Sheriff’s Office Deputies located and apprehended Temple, who was hiding in a wooded area near Coax Church Road. Temple will be booked into Franklin Parish Detention Center on a warrant for Forgery charges by the Franklin Parish Sheriff’s Office. Temple is a person-of-interest in the Tensas Parish “Hwy 4 Bar” murder of Colby Fortenberry which is being investigated by Louisiana State Police and Tensas Parish Sheriff’s Office.
UPDATE (5:00 pm) Joshua Temple will also be held on a detainer from Probation & Parole. Additionally, Temple will be held on a detainer from Tensas Parish, as Louisiana State Police have charged him with Armed Robbery and First Degree Murder following the investigation into the murder of Colby Fortenberry. Note: When Temple was apprehended this afternoon, a weapon was not found on his person, but one was discovered near the location of his apprehension.